The Takate-Kote aka Box-tie

MMH_4066.jpgIn my early days of rigging I posted on a rope forum critising the statment I kept hearing that the TK takes years to learn. Everyone seemed to have a really precious view of it – unless you have been doing it for years you cant possibly understand it. I asked was this view because of bad students or bad teachers?

That was two years ago and I have now found myself in the catagory of those people I was questioning. The more time goes on the more I realise I don’t know. I do not claim to be an expert by any stretch of the imagination. There are lots of ways to tie a TK, and while there are lots of right ways – safe ways, fun ways there are also lots of wrong ways.

One of the things I really struggled with when I was learning the TK was that I got so far through and then got lost. I would go to classes and think I had got it all down and then get home and realise that actually I had missed a bit.  In an attempt to help make it easier for other people to learn we have produced a series of videos showing the TK stage by stage, so that you can practice each stage on its own:

01 Tying the wrists
02: Upper wraps

03: Upper cinches

04: Lower wraps

05: Lower cinches

For the rest.. have a look on youtube!




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Rigger, Kinkster and writer. A man in a hat, a sapiosexual with a love for that perfect curve of thought. An occasional painter, sometime philosopher, a coffee drinking theologian who ties people up and writes books on BDSM. My brain betrays me – and my memories slowly seep away, faces fade and names don’t stay, so I cling on tight to right now and hope to make it through the night.

2 thoughts on “The Takate-Kote aka Box-tie

  1. john

    I am fairly confident, after only a few months of tying this, that I can do it well and safely but i sometimes come a cropper when I’m doing the compass knot to finish. This is the one that goes around the back of the horizontals and over the top of the vertical shank.
    If i get dead stuck then I fall back on videos from Twisted Monk and the like.
    I would point out that your initial single column tie may be subject to the possibility of collapse, as you start by feeding from under. If you start by going over then it would not collapse. This is demonstrated on the Youtube channel of Fred Hat and Miss Bones of Anatomie Studio, Peckham, in the following video:
    As a newbie i defer to your experience, but this is a question I have been asking folk for as long as i have been learning and this video is the only thing i have seen that presents a reasonable argument.

    I’d really love to learn the Hishi variation of the Takate Kote. I find it very aesthetically pleasing.

    Egobail_Dagda (FL)


    1. mastermhatter Post author

      John, thank you so much for commenting! The video you link to indeed does need to be tied in the direction stated by Fred and Anna, however – the single column tie used in my video does not use a reef knot, it the Wkd_dave bowline which works better tied in the direction I have done so. For suspension I use the somerville bowline, however for floor work learning the TK I think the wkd_dave is the easiest one for people to learn, and with the quick realise its pretty stable (more stable than without).



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